Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz began his new job in earnest on Tuesday when he
convened his faction for a five-hour meeting participants described as the most
serious in the nearly six and a half years the party has existed.
announced that the party would hold an ideological convention on May 30. He made
each Kadima MK in charge of one issue and said they had to write their
contribution to the party platform by a week before the convention.
instance, Meir Sheetrit will focus on the state budget, Rachel Adatto on health,
Shai Hermesh on agriculture, Yohanan Plesner on drafting yeshiva students and
Ronnie Bar-On will be in charge of composing the party’s platform on changing
the electoral system.
A new academic committee of professors who will
advise the party offered the assistance. MKs were asked to work out of the
party’s headquarters in Petah Tikva when they are not at the Knesset.
only MK who was not abroad who did not attend the meeting was former leader
Tzipi Livni, who has not yet announced her political future.
distributed assignments like this,” a Kadima MK said. “There is finally an
atmosphere of serious work. Everyone knows what their job is and we
finally feel like we matter. We will be judged by the results of our work. That
is the way it is supposed to be.”
But other MKs complained that Mofaz was
treating his MKs like the soldiers who served under him when he was in the IDF.
Unlike the last Kadima faction meeting, MKs were not asked to leave their
cellphones at the door but the meeting was described by some as more serious and
businesslike than they felt comfortable with.
There were also complaints
about a new legislative committee, headed by Bar-On, which will be in charge of
ensuring that all the bills the party submitted fit the Kadima ideology. The
committee was formed in response to complaints that under Livni there was an
atmosphere of “every man for himself” when it came to submitting
MKs complained that Bar-On would act as a “legislative
censor” and that he was a poor choice for the job because he is not on good
terms with some MKs.
But the MKs were happy that Mofaz dissolved a party
disciplinary committee Livni formed under the leadership of MK Shlomo
Mofaz also said he would cut the party’s staff by half. Party
spokesman Shmuelik Dahan is expected to be one of the MKs who will not keep his